“I’m not going to get you to school on time. I’m sorry.” I said to #1 this morning on the way to school.
He looked at me and said: “That’s okay.”
#1 didn’t want to know why I was running late, why I wasn’t going to get him to school on time. It didn’t matter. All that mattered at 8:23 was my honest apology.
Children are forgiving. They will accept an honest “sorry.” Unfortunately, they also will endure our adult explanations and excuses and reasons. But all they really want is “I’m sorry.”